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Chopra skewers javelin gold, makes history for India

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India's Neeraj Chopra celebrates his gold medal in the Men's Javelin Throw during the Commonwealth Games. PTI

Neeraj Chopra won gold in the Javelin throw event at the Commonwealth Games on Saturday after a best throw of 86.47m.

With this tremendous record, Chopra not only joined a cream of the crop list of Indian athletes to win a gold medal on their CWG debut but also became the first Indian to win in Javelin Throw at CWG. After clinching gold at the IAAF World U-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, He had become the first Indian athlete to become a world-champion in a field event, with a record throw of 84.69m. In my desperation for that, I tried so hard that I tumbled over in my last two attempts. However, his best was yet to come as he managed to better his own score with a winning effort of 86.47 meters in his fourth attempt to secure Gold.

Neeraj was favourite for gold after his 85.94m throw last month at Patiala during the Federation Cup National Championships. His victory was a forgone conclusion after Olympics and world silver medallist Julius Yego of Kenya failed to qualify for the final round on Friday. "It was still quite tough but I was very sure of myself", Neeraj said.

Neeraj, a gold-medallist at the Asian Championships past year, simply destroyed the competition with his very first attempt on Sunday that was 85.50m.

And, when he got to train under Australian coach Gary Calvert, Chopra took no time to blossom.

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"One shouldn't be too serious in life, it's good to be disciplined but you should not overdo food restrictions".

The other Indian competing in the event, Vipin Kashana, finished fifth with a best of 77.87. "As for me, I was not under any pressure or nerves, I was well-prepared", he said.

Although he had already qualified for the Commonwealth Games, he challenged himself and set a new record in Indian soil of 85.94m, in what was his final attempt of the competition. Arpinder's best effort was a 16.46m jump.

It is only the fourth individual gold for an Indian in the track of CWG history and field sport.

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